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Halloween 2013


We had a little ladybug and “Steve” from Minecraft this year.

We had a new/old neighborhood for trick-or-treating this year. We are just a few blocks away from the house that we lived in 4 years ago so we went to the old ‘hood to see if anyone was home. We were able to trick-or-treat at our old house and the new owners invited us in to update the kids measurements on the dining room doorway. They have left the old measurements just as they were and wanted me to put new ones up to see how much the kids have grown (Grace 7.5 inches, Owen 8.5 inches) since the last time we were there in February of 2010.

Strangely, it didn’t feel as much like home as it used to…But what a sweet little house it is…

Pumpkin Patch 2013

We went with Grandma and Grandpa to a nearby pumpkin patch…the same one that Danny and I used to go to as kids on class field trips.

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I think we hurried along the loose tooth that Owen has been working on for the past couple of weeks.P1160863



It was a gorgeous day!

Mother’s Day Cards

I got some super sweet Mother’s Day cards this year:)

The black spots on the ladybug are Owen’s fingerprints.
Owen's Mother's Day Card 2013

Grace Mother's Day Card 2

Grace Mother's Day Card 1

Dear Mom,

You are pretier than a flower. You are smarter than a bee. I love you and you love me.  Your the best mom ever. I’ll never stop loving you.
Thank you for taking care of me and love me. xoxoxoxoxox.

love, Grace

Halloween 2012

We had a fun Halloween this year. Danny has traveled for work the last two Halloweens, so this was his first Halloween at this house. Definitely different than we are used to, such a fun atmosphere.

The kids carved their pumpkins on the Sunday prior to Halloween. As you can tell from their attire, we are still experiencing unseasonably warm weather…Owen got his pumpkin from his Kindergarten field trip to the pumpkin patch. Grace got hers from Grandma and Grandpa Ruby’s garden! This is the first year that Owen would actually touch the pumpkin goo. We are making progress!

This year, Grace decided to be Ladybug Girl. Owen was a monkey at Pre-K and then decided on a costume change (to an Army man) for Kindergarten and trick-or-treating…

And I just noticed that they are holding hands in this picture. So sweet.

We even had a compliment while out…a neighbor recognized Owen as “that little guy that’s always riding his bike” and told us that he uses such good “bike manners”. Always good to hear that your kids behave:)

Shore Acres, Pt. 1

During Christmas break the kids got to go with Grandma and Grandpa Annie and Auntie Kaeley to see the lights at Shore Acres State Park near Coos Bay. This has become a yearly tradition that both kids get so excited to do.

They get to go to Mo’s in Florence for lunch…

Watch waves come crashing in at Shore Acres…

and then walking around and looking at lights…

and getting a lift with Grandpa…”

MLK Day 2012

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. “

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

“A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.”

The Day After

One more day of Christmas celebrating…Danny’s Dad came up and spent the day with us on the day after Christmas.

Of course more presents!

It was a nice relaxing time after a busy couple of days…

Christmas Day 2012

Ahh, Christmas morning…it came very early at our house. The kids woke up initially around 4:00 am. Since Auntie Kaeley was staying at our house, Grace was sleeping on the floor in Owen’s room…One woke up, so did the other. I got up and told them they needed to go back to sleep…

There was sneaking downstairs to check on the status of the stockings…(They were full!!) How could they possibly go back to sleep.

I got up to put the cat out…and dozed until about 7:45

We could put them off no longer…

I got up and made sticky buns

The kids got to open their stockings.

It was discussed later that Mommy and Daddy had been naughty because our stockings were empty…Owen thought it was because I had gone downstairs early (to let the cat out)…until I pointed at that he had too…then he didn’t really have a good reason.

Then it was present time…

Lots of books:)

Then special time building legos with Daddy

and building the solar system

And even thought it was a holiday…still got to do the breathment matreatment…in a Santa hat watching “A Christmas Story”

In the afternoon we headed to my Aunt’s house to have Christmas dinner with my Grandma and my Dad’s side of the family. After that my folks came back to our house to open even more presents!

And we had the sweetest little sleepy-head…Christmas is hard work

Such fun, but exhausting!


Christmas Eve 2012

On Christmas Eve afternoon we traveled down to Eugene to have chowder at Danny’s grandparent’s house. It was a fun time to see lots of Danny’s family and visit, even if for just a little while.

The kids had fun opening presents…they had been waiting forever!
Duck gear! They loved wearing it for the Rose Bowl:)

It was fun to watch them get so excited.

Woohoo, a Duck pillow pet:)

Snugs with Mommy:)

After Great Grandma and Grandpas we headed over to Grandma and Grandpa Ruby’s to visit with more of Danny’s family…

Owen was super excited about the tractor!

We got to see the cousins/nephews:)

And I just had to add this one:)

After all the Christmas Eve celebrations my sis came back home with us so that she could be at our house Christmas morning to watch the kids open up their stockings and presents (and help us eat sticky buns).

Best Christmas Present Ever

Before school got out for break, Grace brought home lots of schoolwork. One thing she brought was this paper she had written about the Best Christmas Present Ever…

My Best Christmas Present ever

I will never forget when I got my best Christmas present ever. It was Christmas day. I was in my Grandma’s living room opening presents with my family.

I opened the bag with my best present ever! It was red with black spots. It was very soft. It was a circle with a rectangle. It was about as big as my shirt. It was a LadyBug PillowPet! I was very, very happy!

I said thank you to Grandma and Grandpa. I hugged my Pillow Pet.

The End